Dear Candocans, it is my pleasure this week to introduce you to our lovely Financial Manager, Liz! She has been with Candoco the longest and knows every detail about the company’s history!
Q1: How do you like your tea?
A: Either normal - with milk - or herbal but not fruity herbal, only peppermint. In fact, normal in the morning, a maximum of four ‘normals’, then herbal. -That’s very precise, a good quality to have when you’re in charge of the numbers I guess!
Q2: What is the most stressful task you have had to do in this job recently?
A: Even though I do it every month, I find the payroll stressful because it’s other people’s money. Even though, most of the time, I get it right, I always worry about it!
Q3: What is the most satisfying thing you have had to do in the last two weeks/recently?
A: Well the first thing was our performances at Sadler’s Wells and then I had a week off! Hahahaha. -That must have been really enjoyable! But just before that, I submitted the Theatre Tax Relief for 2016-17. It’s a lot of work but hopefully will result in us getting a good rebate from HMRC. -That would be really good indeed.
Q4: Savoury or sweet?
A: If I really had to choose… savoury, because of crisps and salty things. But then if you eat a lot of salty things you want sweet to balance it… -It’s one of those small, life-long struggles!
Q5: How long have you been doing your job?
A: I first worked on a freelance basis for Candoco in 1998. I’ve been doing a day a week or so since then. I believe we created the post of financial manager in about 2005? I’m not entirely sure.
Q6: What is your favourite colour?
A: Green, probably. But I like lots of other colours too!
Q7: If you could try out another role in the company, which one would you choose?
A: I definitely wouldn’t want to do a role based in the theatre because I’ve dealt with stressful theatre duties in the past - so not Gareth’s job or the dancers (I have the occasional nightmare about being on stage!), nothing in the theatre. I don’t do social media and couldn’t keep up with the technical side of things. Erm… Artistic Director I reckon! I have a few things that I like and don’t like, haha! Oh actually, I would be very interested in working in the Learning Department because I like young people. -Or, choose to be an intern and you could do a bit of everything! Oh yeah, definitely! Put that down, that would be nice.
Q8: Television or Books?
A: That’s impossible to say because there is definitely a place for both at different times. I would never choose to not read a book again, but at the same time I love a good telly programme!
Q9: 17 words explaining your role and what is takes to do it.
A: Working with the executive director to keep the company financially healthy. That wasn’t 17 words but, in a nutshell, it is what my job is about.
Q10: If you could be any dancer in any work ever done by Candoco, who would you be?
A: Oh, I know! Bettina Carpi in The Stepfather by Arthur Pita. She gets a really fabulous dress to wear, she gets to be very dramatic and it’s completely outside of what I would normally do! Or, I would quite like to be one of the women in Sour Milk because again you get to wear a fantastic outfit, or maybe even Pedro in his strange solo, but I think you can’t wear any pants for it, so maybe I’d like to wear pants…
Q11: What is your favourite season?
A: Well again, I can’t possibly say. Well I can, it’s not a season, but I would say late spring early summer when everything is just burgeoning and bloomingbut it’s not too hot and sticky yet and you still have Midsummer’s day to come. I love the feeling that the days are just getting longer and longer…all the possibility!
Q12: What did you enjoy doing the most this week?
A: I saw the Shape of Water and I really enjoyed that. I also went to Edinburgh, I really enjoyed my trip there. There was really good food and I had the best afternoon tea I’ve ever had with fabulous cakes and delicious savoury pastries. The savoury bits were definitely the best. -You have just confirmed your answer to Question 4!
Q13: What are three things people remember you for?
A: I don’t know what people say about me really. I feel like they think that I can talk to people. I’ve also got lots of strong opinions and I guess some of them might remember my singing and dancing on tables from ages ago! -That I would love to see.
Q14: Christmas or your birthday?
A: Oh Christmas. I like all the games and long meals together, the cosiness of it. I’m not that into my birthday. In fact, I’m so not into my birthday that the other week, Candoco got me a cake and sang and I started to sing as well thinking it was someone else’s birthday! -That was very selfless and we love you for that!
Q15: Dancing at a ball or dancing the night away?
A: Well dancing the night away is much more likely, I don’t think I’ve really danced at the ball but it sounds romantic, I think I’d quite like that. I might need some ballroom dancing training first! But in general, dancing the night away with friends. But you know, I wouldn’t mind a big dress and all that… -Who wouldn’t want to be a princess for an evening?
Q16: Who do you work with the most at the office?
A: The Executive Director.
Q17: Can you speak any other languages?
A: I’ve got A Level French, but I don’t know how much of it I remember. I would love to know BSL but the tiny bits I learnt have gone. I’ve got a bit of German but only a few useful sentences. I think the only language I would have a chance at speaking would be French. -Good choice! I’m only joking. Well that’s it! Is that it already? I wanted more!
On behalf of Candoco and myself, have a great rest of the week! I will be back soon to introduce you to another Candocan!